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What Are Jews For?History, Peoplehood, and Purpose$
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Adam Sutcliffe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691188805

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691188805.001.0001

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Religion, Sovereignty, Messianism

Religion, Sovereignty, Messianism

Jews and Political Purpose

(p.25) 1 Religion, Sovereignty, Messianism
What Are Jews For?

Adam Sutcliffe

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on political theology in the seventeenth century through the language of scripture. It talks about the two most dynamic Protestant states of the early modern period, the Dutch Republic and England. It assesses how the identification with Jews provided the theological underpinning for the Dutch Republic and England's self-image as divinely chosen, as well as the theological grammar for the two nations' internal political arguments. The chapter discusses the “Mosaic Republic” as a key reference point of the Dutch Republic and England's polities in the seventeenth century. It also talks about the political fascination with the Jews as an important force in shaping more welcoming policies, such as the readmission of Jews to England in 1656.

Keywords:   political theology, Protestant states, Dutch Republic, England, theological grammar, Mosaic Republic, early modern period

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